Water, Land, Ecosystems and Trade in Staples

Water, Land, Ecosystems and Trade in Staples

  • Countries :Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi

Overview:

WaLETS was a 2 years (2015-2016) research project that investigated the ways in which policies and investments in the 5 key countries of the East African Community (EAC) can support a trade-facilitated food security, enhance the functioning and quality of ecosystem services, and empower women and youth. Specifically, the project sought to explore ways in which the production patterns of rice, maize and beans can be re-aligned to better exploit the intrinsic agroecological potential that exists in the EAC region. The project was funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Nile Basin and East Africa Focal Region and implemented by a consortium led by Kilimo Trust and included International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO formerly KARI), the Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, and Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB).

The project objective:

The main objectives of the project were to deliver three key research outputs:

  1. Gap in public policy and institutional frameworks, and public and private investment strategies and plans; in the EAC with respect to: i)balancing attention between food and other ecosystem services (especially, water {quality and quantity} flow out of land used for production of staples, erosion prevention and enhancement of soil fertility, carbon sequestration);  ii) enhancing  involvement of women and youth in policy development and equitable access to benefits in the production and trading in food staples; ii) enhancing food and nutrition security through trade between major agro-ecosystems at regional scale rather than through national and/or community self-sufficiency.
  2. GIS database and maps on: i) agro-ecosystem suitability and extent of differences in resource endowment and use for production of staple foods and other ecosystem services; and ii) the optimal trade-supporting infrastructure required to support regional trade in staple foods, across different agro-ecosystems.
  3. Scenario analysis results and recommendations with respect to: i) long-term benefits, risks and trade-offs; and ii) a win-win value proposition for all stakeholders to “crowd-in” the right/correct strategies and investments of governments; development funders and the private sector - in support of more trade-based approach for sustainable intensification in the production of staples.

What has been achieved:

  • Seven (7) policy briefs showing the need to implement trade policies that mainstream gender and ecosystem management for sustainable agriculture production and enhanced food security.
  • Forty (40) crop suitability maps for rice, maize and beans in the EAC including a GIS database, and two (2) scenario models that assess the effect on regional trade and the implications for prices, production volumes and corresponding areas under production of maize, rice and beans.
  • 4 technical reports produced i.e. Modelling report, GIS technical report, Gender report and policy report.

Contact Person

Birungi Korutaro - bkorutaro@kilimotrust.org

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